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Creating Custom Icons in Windows

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by LANMaster, Jan 15, 2003.

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    LANMaster Banned Thread Starter

    Jan 6, 2003
    Creating your own icons using MSPaint
    Windows (all versions)

    * Open up Paint by clicking on Start, Program, Accessories or click on Start, Run & type MSPAINT.EXE & click OK.

    * Next, select the Image menu and choose Attributes.

    * Change both the Width and Height to 32 pixels or pels (picture elements).

    * Create your icon image using the drawing and text tools.
    Remember, Icons are small. So when you zoom in to work on your icon it will seem very pixilated.
    Zoom out to a 1:1 ratio to see how your new icon will look on your screen.

    Note: Windows treats all pixels that match the color of the upper left most pixel as transparent. This feature allows you to create icons with a transparent background. So assuming you want a black diamond on a white background when you use your new icon the diamond will stand out on its own.

    * Next, save the file with an .ICO extension so that it's easier to find when you go to assign it to your shortcut.
    (save the file to a location that is easy to find)

    Now you're ready to begin using your newly created icon.

    * Right-click any shortcut and choose Properties.

    * Switch to the Shortcut tab and click on Change Icon.

    * Click on the browse button and navigate to your icon file or type in the full path and filename of your icon.

    * Click OK and that's it!
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